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Poster: clashcity Date: May 22, 2014 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Beware of Mr. Baker

This is just popped up on Netflix...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5seWMYG9kk

About 15 minutes in and it is already in my top 10 of rock docs.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 22, 2014 7:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beware of Mr. Baker

Yup; a good one...I love how they interview so MANY rock stars and they all agree: he had timing.

Seriously, all the time I've been "on" about CREAM round here, I think most everyone, having watched this, would agree that the adoration borders on that rec'd by Jimi...I think that's a fair assessment; you are hard pressed to find such consistent critical acclaim. I loved Stew Copeland: rhythm used to be "...tink..da tink..disssh; tink..da tink..disssh" and then Baker came along and it was "ka BOOM/boom, duh BOOM/boom ba-boomBOOM" (which can only be understood by watching/hearing it!!) .

It is shocking how universal it seems to be for Baker.

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Poster: matchstickstatue Date: May 24, 2014 11:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beware of Mr. Baker

Right after I watched it, I saw him play in Jazz Confusion with Pee Wee Ellis at Iridium. They oddly ran the trailer for the doc on screens before he came out, and he was selling copies of it, so the crowd got into his legend and some consciously tried to anger him. It worked, and it's much less fun to see him get riled up in person than on film. Walked off at one point, citing pain and rage, and kept telling everyone their job was to shut up and listen, because he was sick of having to play for them as a dying old man.

He can still play, though, even if in short bursts and without joy. He genuinely seemed to be in a lot of pain throughout, and had breathing issues. And it must really suck that people still ask for Cream tunes (who yells for Sunshine of Your Love at a jazz show?). Great drum duels with his conga player, throughout.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 25, 2014 5:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beware of Mr. Baker

Yeah, I saw him a few months back as well...much better (his health) the night I saw him, but your description is largely on target. Poor old guy....yes, though, he can still play.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 22, 2014 6:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beware of Mr. Baker

Yep - watched last week. Pretty incredible stuff.

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Poster: clashcity Date: May 22, 2014 6:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beware of Mr. Baker

I concur...

I would also recommend - A Band Called Death.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 22, 2014 7:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beware of Mr. Baker

I really want to see that. Watched both 20 Feet From Stardom (about female back up singers; think it won Oscar for best doc) , the Muscle Shoals thing on American Masters, and The Big Star Story. All were very well done.

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Poster: clashcity Date: May 23, 2014 12:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beware of Mr. Baker

The Punk Singer about Kathleen Hanna was also quite great.

I'm backlogged on 20 Ft. and Muscle Shoals at this point.